Opinion

Writing is Life

“What should I write about this week, Truman?” Having written well over three hundred columns for the Journal in the last few years, I occasionally struggle to come up with fresh ideas. When I find myself particularly stumped, I sometimes ask my family for help. “I don’t know,” my eleven-year-old son replied. “Life?” Now why

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Powering through leaf season

There are but a few different ways to get the leaves off of your lawn: Pay someone to remove your leaves. This method is utilized by the elderly, the lazy or those who don’t appreciate the intrinsic value of taking care of a challenge left by Monther Nature. Get your John Deere tractor out and

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Losing track of the days

It just occurred to me, as I sat down to write, that I haven’t left my house in five days. A by-product of having a decent Internet connection and of not having a permanent, full-time job since 2008, this has actually happened to me quite a few times over the years. And I’m okay with

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Time to get jabbed, stay healthy

If you have not already had a flu shot this fall, don’t dispair – there’s still plenty of time to get jabbed and possibly save your life. That’s right – save your life. What you might know about the common flu – also most commonly known as Influenza A – is that the influenza pandemic

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Making America Great Again?

On a sweltering Missouri day in the summer of 1989, a month or so before the start of our senior year of high school, my friend Bill and I decided to cool off with a dip in Mark Twain Lake, a popular destination for teens at the time. We threw a cooler full of refreshments,

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Even Santa disses my Razorbacks

I saw Santa Claus on Saturday while I was wondering through Bass Pro Shop. Mr. Claus was already sitting on his appropriate big chair taking a break between kids. “Hey, Santa!” I hollered out, “Merry Christmas!” “And a Merry Christmas to you, young man!” Santa offered back, giving me a good effort, but not yet

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Is this dream happening?

When Dolly Parton asked me if I would like to buy Dollywood, the theme park she owns in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains, I was flattered and a bit surprised. I could tell during the few minutes we had been conversing that it was important to her to find someone she could trust with her pride and

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You mean, I need a plan?

Since I was “outed” last week by a feature story in the Columbia Missourian, folks around here have been asking me, “What do you plan to do in retirement?” Whoa. Wait just a minute. You mean I’m supposed to have a plan? If you didn’t read or hear, a Missourian reporter wanted to do a

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Happy Gotcha Month, Truman

Last Friday was the ninth anniversary of the day Bethany and I held our son Truman for the very first time. The joyous occasion—one that took place in a Chinese office building rather than a hospital maternity ward—has been celebrated as Truman’s “Gotcha Day” every November 3rd since. It seems only fitting that November is

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Hot Deals for Black Friday

Knowing what’s hot for the holiday season is important for this grandfather. And knowing what the hot deals are for Black Friday is a priority for any grandfather looking to spoil his grandson. I just wasn’t ready for “Black Friday Deals” the day after Halloween. We barely had the hundred or so photos of local

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